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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

31st January 2006

With the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon due to close after April 2007 for a major transformation, EIC is supporting international project management company AMEC's efforts to provide alternative facilities for theatre-goers heading to one of the town's main attractions.

The leading mechanical and electrical services specialist is assisting with the refurbishment and conversion of the RSC's small studio theatre, to create The Courtyard Theatre, a temporary 1000-seat venue. The mechanical and electrical installation contract, valued at £600,000, covers all general shared public areas including reception and toilets.

Enabling works are completed and EIC started work on the main contract in December, which is due to run until the end of March 2006. The temporary theatre space opens in July 2006 and will provide a third performance venue for the theatre until work on the main site begins after April 2007. The Courtyard Theatre will then be the main performance space until work is completed on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

EIC has also been awarded a mechanical and electrical contract by ISG InteriorExterior PLC for the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. The contract, valued at just under £1 million, is for supply and installation of mechanical and electrical services and is due to start in February 2006 with a completion date set for September 2006.

Part of the existing structure of the Belgrade will be demolished and a large extension is to be built. As the theatre will be operational during work, all contractors are expected to be sympathetic to the needs of both staff and theatre-goers.

Nigel Le Marechal, joint managing director of EIC, comments: "We're delighted to have been awarded both of these contracts as the company has an extremely close bond with Stratford and the region having been founded in Stratford and with a head office situated close to the Centre of the town.

"Most of the team in the Midlands have been raised in or around Stratford and are familiar with the work of the RSC having sat as part of the audience on many occasion. It's nice to be involved in work that ultimately forms part of our cultural heritage."

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Editor's note

EIC provides project management, design, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of electrical, mechanical control and data management systems to a wide range of blue chip clients. The company has a successful track record of partnering with major contractors such as AMEC, HBG, Taylor Woodrow, Carillion and Willmott Dixon, as well as carrying out a broad range of services for many High Street names and leisure groups including Debenhams, John Lewis Partnership, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Virgin, Primark, Littlewoods, Gap, Bhs, Co-op, ATS, Mitchells & Butler, Firmdale Hotels and the Hilton Group. EIC also works extensively throughout the health, education and commercial sectors. For further information log on to http://www.eicltd.com or call 01789 269408.

Press contact: Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
(01625 506404)


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